Today, June 15, is my technical due date. But, as of this writing (about 5:30pm), I’m not in labor. Not surprised though since I read that only about 3-5% of women deliver on their due dates. That, plus the fact that many first time moms go past the due date… it looks like that is the case for me. One of the things I learned in Hypnobirthing was not to focus on a specific due date since the range of a healthy, normal birth can go from three weeks before the due date to two weeks after. That’s a 5-week window! So, the philosophy is to just chill, relax, and let baby come when baby is ready.
I feel amazing. The evenings are harder than the earlier parts of the day – I feel heavier and my belly is usually tighter by night time, but I still feel wonderful. Three days ago I started eating a LOT! I swear I don’t know where I put it all, but I found space somewhere because I just kept eating. Now, today, suddenly my appetite has gone down. I read that some women naturally eat for energy for the upcoming labor and some women naturally reduce their eating pre-labor, which could help prevent pooping during labor (I know, sounds gross, but let’s be honest…. women do it. Sh*t happens – literally).
For the past month I’ve been having what I would describe as quite a bit of nausea / cramping. You know the kind of cramps you get before the first day of your menstrual cycle? That’s how I feel. It comes and goes throughout the day, and they’re the strongest after I’ve relieved my bladder. Is this all TMI? Oh well… I’m in a sharing mood.
I went online today and bought two gorgeous hemp/organic fleece blankets and a hemp ring sling. So, the slings I now have in my collection: 1) Kangawrap-thing where it’s a shirt I wear that allows me to have the baby inside it skin-to-skin. 2) Ergo organic with infant insert. (pictured to left) 3) Organic Moby. 4) Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Breeze which is supposed to be a lighter material than the Moby (nice for hot Arizona) and the fabric is a bit stretchier. 5) Hemp Ring Sling – I decided to go for this because I keep hearing how nice and easy ring slings are which is very attractive to me as a new mom. *I will be doing extensive reviews and some videos of all of these wraps/slings over the next few months to share my likes and dislikes, etc. So stay tuned!